Merger talk intensifies following Meningie Bears’ final game
Could an eighth team be admitted to the River Murray Football League as soon as next season?
This post includes contributions from Glenn Power.
As the River Murray Football League farewells the Meningie Bears and prepares for its grand final this Saturday, its composition for 2023 remains uncertain.
There will be at least seven teams in the league next season, with the Coorong Cats coming in after Meningie’s merger with Border Downs-Tintinara.
But it is “possible” that there could yet be an eighth, according to the chair of a committee looking at the long-term future of football in the region.
Former Meningie great Mick O’Hara has led discussions between the River Murray, Mallee and Riverland leagues, and their clubs, over the past 12 months.
He suggested that more changes were yet to come to community footy in the region, whether it was next year, in 2024 or sometime after that.
The most likely prospect was that “a number of clubs” would amalgamate and come into the River Murray league as one team, he said.
“There’s a lot of talk going on at the moment,” he said.
“If you don’t make some decisions, you could wind up with no football in your town.
“Half a footy team is better than no footy team.
“Meningie are going from eight to four home games a year, but at least they’re not going from eight to zero.”
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